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Old 09-19-2012, 09:58 PM   #15
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You were off to a great start, then failed.

For $300, get SS lines, fluid and pads, and do it yourself. If you have a bit more, get the GTI front caliper carriers and rotors, and ss lines, fluid and pads.

Plain, OEM rotors are the way to go, decreasing the swept area on the rotor (drilled and/or slotted) is NOT what you want. They are only for looks.

I just put GTI rotors and oem gti pads on my wifes rabbit and it stops much better. I'll be doing oem fluid this weekend too, so it should firm up the pedal a bit. That is the biggest thing I noticed from my car to my wifes, pedal feel, much worse.
Drilled are useless for street use, yes. Slotted are really there to help the brake dust rather than create a "cool air pocket" as they are on racing cars (and they do look nice up front ). Plus, the slotted were on sale for $50 a piece on ECS which is actually cheaper than the stock rotors, and I have been running on them for over 30k with no issues (with my stock rotors chilling if I ever need them again).
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:42 PM   #16
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A set of GTI front brakes with HPS pads are more than any of you 2.5 guys short of the turbo guys will EVER need. They are pretty impressive for a stock package.
nope.. still weak in my opinion. BBK it is then..
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:41 PM   #17
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nope.. still weak in my opinion. BBK it is then..
Yes, a BBK will be much better, but for value, you can't beat the GTI/HPS combo.


I had Boxster brakes, ss lines, and hps pads, and the braking was insane. Now I am back on the stocks with HPS and its pretty good for just a pad upgrade.

I had no trouble with stock brakes slowing down my STG 2 GTI from triple digits. Repetition is where they suffer though. The HPS pads, ss lines and fluid are a great, cheap upgrade, and will take anything but the harshest abuse (road course, ohio 555 etc).

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Old 09-22-2012, 07:59 AM   #18
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I'm looking at this as well... sorry to hijack OP...

what's the max rotor size a 16" can handle? ECS has 288mm as the stock, an option for 312mm and also 345mm... any ideas? I run 18" on my summers but use stock 16" for my winters.
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:59 AM   #19
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http://www.tyrolsport.com/brakes/tyr...t-for-vw/audi/

some people have reported that the stock caliper guide flexes under braking, and the bushing kit makes a world of difference. I have not used it personally, but am considering it when upgrading to GTI brakes.


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Old 09-22-2012, 12:08 PM   #20
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stoptech > Hawk pads, imho and typically dust more. Can also try the posi-quiets as i believe they dust less.

I'd recommend doing stoptech pads front and rear, check part#'s, then look on ebay or carpartkings.com , get them for like $120 or less shipped (probably for both). Do those and possibly lines and fluid, but may not even be needed. OEM fluid is already a pretty damn good DOT4 rated fluid - not many know this, so perhaps bushings would be smarter in this case. With just going to Stoptech Street Performance pads all around you should see and feel a huge difference.
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:51 PM   #21
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I have plenty of places I could spend money on my car, but the one aspect of my car that's bugging me the most is the quality of the brakes. I've had a few close calls and the brakes have always felt kind of weak.

I'm thinking I'd be happy with just upgrading to the GTI brakes, but I'm unsure if I'll end up paying a bunch for a marginal difference.

If i was willing to budget $300 for brakes, including labor, do you guys have any better suggestions?
Go with the Stoptech pads with the stainless steel brake line, you should feel the difference . Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions
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I got StopTech pads with Powerstop rotors. Did the trick. I think I definitely paid over 300 lol but it stops on a dime, probably better than a GTI.
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Like others have mentioned blanks are the way to go. I've had slotted/drilled and honestly don't feel much difference compared to blanks. They look much nicer if your wheels allow a nice view but that's about it. I picked up 4 centric rotors and a set of stoptech pads for 265 on autoanything.


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Old 05-24-2017, 09:18 AM   #24
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Like others have mentioned blanks are the way to go. I've had slotted/drilled and honestly don't feel much difference compared to blanks. They look much nicer if your wheels allow a nice view but that's about it. I picked up 4 centric rotors and a set of stoptech pads for 265 on autoanything.


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If anyone here believes the Engineering Explained YT channel, he has a video about the pros/cons of the different rotor styles. A TLDW would be: vented will be the best bet for non-track applications that want maximum stopping power and pad life.
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Old 05-24-2017, 11:06 AM   #25
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If anyone here believes the Engineering Explained YT channel, he has a video about the pros/cons of the different rotor styles. A TLDW would be: vented will be the best bet for non-track applications that want maximum stopping power and pad life.
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Old 06-06-2017, 10:07 AM   #26
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Noticed that you're Upstate NY, are you near Watkins Glenn? It's one of my favorite Tracks, getting there can be fun as well. Better than Mosport.

Stay with stock solid brake rotors, upgrade the pads (Stop Tech or Hawk HPS). Adding more mass to the package slows the Golf down, if you track the car and all things being equal you'll notice the difference at the end of the straights.

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Old 06-14-2017, 10:47 PM   #28
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Had some brake fade my last Track Day, swapped out my HPS fronts with these Porterfield R4 Front Brake Pads. I've had great success with Porterfields before so I suspect they will be up to the task. I coulda used Stop Tech or Hawk HP or similar but the major advantage is they are progressive and provide good feel even when really HOT.
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